Nerve blocks for surgery on the shoulder, arm or hand

1st edition, April 2015
This leaflet is for anyone who is thinking about having a nerve block for an operation on the shoulder, arm or hand. It will be of particular interest to people who would prefer not to have a general anaesthetic.  It has been written by patients, patient representatives and anaesthetists, working together.

The College is happy to provide one free copy of this leaflet – please contact us directly by emailing comms@rcoa.ac.uk.

Downloading/printing the leaflet 

The above leaflet is suitable for printing single-sided in colour on portrait A4, with one page of the leaflet to each page. Other formats of the leaflet are also available to download below for booklet and black and white prinitng.

  • Mono single pages - For printing single-sided in black and white on portrait A4, with one page of the leaflet to each page. Perfect for reading on-line or home printing.
  • Colour spreads - For printing single-sided in colour on landscape A4, with two pages of the leaflet to one page (side by side to save paper).
  • Mono spreads - For printing single-sided in black and white on landscape A4, with two pages of the leaflet to one page (side by side to save paper).
  • Colour imposed pages - For printing double-sided in colour on landscape A4, with the pages set up for booklet printing/pagination.
  • Mono imposed pages - For printing double-sided in black and white on landscape A4, with the pages set up for booklet printing/pagination. 
  • Word version - For printing single-sided in black and white on portrait A4, with one page of the leaflet to each page. This is a simplified version of the leaflet with all non-essential images and graphics removed. Perfect for reading on-line or home printing.

Authors
Dr Maq Jaffer, Locum Consultant Anaesthetist, University Hospitals Southampton NHSFT
Dr Harry Akerman, Consultant Anaesthetist, University Hospitals Southampton NHSFT

Clinical review 2015
Dr Sean Tighe, Consultant Anaesthetist, Countess of Chester Hospital, Cheshire
Dr Isabeau Walker, Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland and Consultant Anaesthetist, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, London

Lay review
Ms Sara Payne, The Lay Committee, Royal College of Anaesthetists
Ms Beth Harries, The Lay Committee, Royal College of Anaesthetists

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